Decodable Text: Training Wheels for Reading

by | Mar 10, 2022 | 4 comments

Decodable text can be a critical component of what you do as a reading teacher. In this episode of Literacy Talks, hear three experts explore the learning connection between phonics instruction and decodable text and how this can work to motivate striving readers of all ages. Hear the hosts discuss the topic of decodable text from three different perspectives: K–3 classroom teacher, middle/high/adult level tutor, and professor of preservice teachers. A bonus? Discover how parents and caregivers can get involved at home with decodable passages to help students practice and build reading fluency.

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  1. My school currently uses the Wilson Fundations Program. Our students have shown significant improvements in their decoding and spelling. We have looked into purchasing decodable texts that align with the Fundations Program. What are your thoughts on grade level specific Geodes classroom library through Wilson?

    • Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for the question. Below you’ll find the reply from Literacy Talks Podcast host, Lindsay Kemeny.
      Thanks so much,
      Jillian Kaster
      Community Manager

      Hi Sarah,
      I love using Geodes! I (Lindsay) have both the second-grade and first-grade sets. They are high-quality books with beautiful pictures and interesting stories. I love that these books are meant to build students’ content knowledge. One thing to note is that the percentage of decodability with these books is lower than other popular decodables out there. This means these may be a bit harder for some students to read and will require extra support from you.
      Hope that helps!

  2. Who are the best high-quality decodable text publishers for grade K-3?

    • Hi Margo,

      Obviously, my number one pick is the Reading Horizons Discovery® Little Books! They help students transfer the skills taught in the program into
      fluent reading. Each story is 90–100% decodable (based on the curriculum’s scope and sequence) to allow for student practice of each skill. The books are Lexile leveled and have comprehension questions as well.

      I also like to refer to this list from the Reading League.

      Jillian Kaster
      Reading Horizons Community and Advocacy Manager


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